Who could participate in the work of the People’s Assembly – the main authority in Athens? How often did the National

Who could participate in the work of the People’s Assembly – the main authority in Athens? How often did the National Assembly meet, where? What issues did the National Assembly decide? What was the name of this form of government?

In the V century BC in Athens, the demos held power. Pericles was a popular leader of the Athenian demos for a long time. To solve state affairs, representatives of the demos (only male citizens, starting from 20 years old) gathered 3-4 times a month to participate in the work of the National Assembly. By raising hands, the Assembly chose the first strategist (he was in charge of Athens’ relations with other states, the navy and the army), declared war, approved peace treaties, passed laws, disposed of the treasury and decided what salary to pay to elected officials. This form of government was called democracy.

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